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Porch sitting. Patio sitting, whatever it’s called, I love it. Some of the most memorable moments of my life are spent sitting on my patio with family, friends, or even by myself. Early morning, late evening, rain or shine – I am there. The only thing that runs me inside is the freezing cold, lightening, and those darn gnats! 
 
This morning I sat on another porch with a friend. It was a short visit but a sweet one. Life has changed for this dear friend and her life is not what it once was. She laments the sense of loss and wonders what the future holds for her. There are so many what-ifs and unknowns and yet her faith is strong. I so admire her and have for many years. I shared my first memory of her and how she impacted my own life for the good. I’ve never forgotten that first encounter of my own. I know there are many others who have experienced the same thing. Hers has been a life of service and she has touched countless lives throughout the years. Her words, “and I have loved every minute of it”, say it all. Hers is a servant-heart and it always will be. Maybe that’s why this stage of life is difficult as she can no longer physically do the things she loves doing. 
 
I look forward to more porch sitting whether it be at my home or at the home of another. I have come to understand those moments are both memorable and holy. They are a gift in the midst of a busy world that pulls us in numerous directions. Live the gift and treasure the moments, for they are indeed holy!
Think About It…Connie
 
Wednesday Night Sandwich & Study 
Let’s get started and make Wednesday evenings a priority this fall.  Starting August 24 we will have sandwiches from the deli for $8.00 available in the fellowship hall as our regular schedule resumes for children, youth and adult activities and studies.
 
Wednesdays, August 24—November 30 @ 5:30 pm
Children in the Fellowship Hall; Adults in the Sanctuary
 
Wednesday, December 7 @ 5:30 pm
Pot-Luck + Kid’s Christmas Pageant in the Fellowship Hall
 
The SMCC Wesley Foundation will have a DESSERT AUCTION FUND RAISER, Saturday, Aug 20, @ 6 pm, at Johnston Chapel UMC. 
How can you help? Be there and bid, bid, bid! – Contribute a dessert or money – Pass the word to your friends.  Contact Sarah Doyle for more info (601-551-8624)
Don't Give the Enemy A Seat At Your Table
Connie will lead a two-week study August 24- 31; her overview of Louie Giglio’s best Seller will gives us a biblical insight on how to: 
Cancel the lies that will wreck your life and take the empowering steps to live fully alive in Christ
  • Restore peace and rest in your life by taking authority over your thoughts
  • Break free from the endless cycle of destructive thinking and recapture your emotions
  • Embrace the true purpose behind your journey through challenging circumstances.
Leviticus Bible Study
. . . a 12-week study beginning . . .
Wednesday September 7
in the Sanctuary of Centenary UMC
 
The book of Leviticus can be challenging for contemporary readers, but its pages are filled with a spiritual riches. More than just archaic rules, the laws outlined in the book of Leviticus reveal God’s holy character and the forgiveness he offers all who repent. 
 
In this accessible study, Dr. Speegle will help you understand how the rituals in the Old Testament Law point to Christ’s work of atonement on the cross – highlighting the riches of the gospel foreshadowed in the Old Testament for Christians today.
More Wesley Foundation Ministry Opportunities
The Wesley Foundation is inviting area churches to, groups and individuals to sponsor snack suppers for the weekly Tuesday Night Wesley Foundation Program. Examples include tacos, sloppy joes, potato bar, chili dogs, pizza, chicken strips, etc. Food items should be delivered to the SMCC Chapel on the corner of Lakeside and College Drive between 6:30 and 7:30. Available dates are: 8/23, 9/06, 9/13, 9/27, 10/4, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/29. This is a great ministry opportunity for groups with the church to support the Wesley Foundation For more information please contact Sara at 601-551-8624.
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Please let us know if there is anything in the church or on the grounds that needs immediate attention; take a photo with your phone and email (or text) it along with the details to janitor@centenary-umc.net so we can keep our church looking clean and beautiful.
 
We're going as a group to the Saturday Matinee on January 14, 2023
See Christopher Hart (601-810-5030) to reserve your tickets 
Let us pray 

Almighty God,
you have given your only Son
to be for us a sacrifice for sin,
and also an example of godly life:
Give us grace to receive thankfully
the fruits of his redeeming work,
and to follow daily
in the blessed steps
of his most holy life;
through Jesus Christ
your Son our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.
Keep a check on the Church Calendar
as events are added daily
We’d love to hear from you  
(601-684-6698)
 
The Rev Jonathan Speegle, PhD, Pastor
662-889-7000
JonathanSpeegle@icloud.com

Connie Felter, Minister of Discipleship & Visitation
601-248-1756
connie@centenary-umc.net

Christopher Hart, Minister of Music, Media & Arts
601-810-5030
christopher@centenary-umc.net

Kevin Martin, Minister to Students
601-551-0848
student@centenary-umc.net

Valori Kerns, Finance & Ministry Assistant
601-413-1992
valori@centenary-umc.net

Bob Raborn, Pianist
601-551-3735
robrab14@hotmail.com

Bruce Robinson, Custodian
601-551-6298
janitor@centenary-umc.net

Send prayer requests to
601-248-1756
prayer@centenary-umc.net
 
The Church is open daily for prayer, Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 5 pm
 
To schedule visitation or request prayer contact Connie Felter (601-248-1756)
 
To be baptized or join the Church contact Dr Speegle (662-889-7000)
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